A 2016 report from Pew Research Center found that some 24 percent of Americans had earned money through contingent work in 2016, and the story is no different in Canada.
Contingent workers make up around 20 percent to 30 percent of the Canadian workforce, and it’s expected that two-thirds of the Canadian workforce will be remote and contract workers by 2025.
This rise in flexible workers is largely down to the evolution of technology, which has completely revolutionized the working world. Communication technology, such as audio visual (AV) solutions, has allowed workers and organizations to become more comfortable working with each other outside of the office.
Workers can now work from wherever they want, at what time they want and for whichever company or project they want to work with/on. This is now a lifestyle choice for many workers, and employees must keep up.
Companies can now tap into this flexible workforce to access top talent and grow their business. However, to do so successfully they must ensure they have the right processes and technologies in place that will allow them to better connect with remote workers.
Genesis Integration has listed the top three audio visual solutions that will help improve your company’s collaborative meeting spaces and help you create a flexible working environment:
1 - Remote screen sharing
Whether you hire remote workers, allow your staff members to work from home or you send your employees to meetings and exhibitions around the world, there’s a high chance that your business needs to organize meetings with workers who are not in the office.
Sound familiar? Then maybe it’s time that your organization considers implementing remote screen sharing into your meeting room solution.
Remote screen sharing allows team members to connect to the same screen that is being seen in any given meeting, allowing them to keep track of a presentation as it runs in real-time.
This creates a truly collaborative experience for remote workers, in which everyone is seeing the same screen at the same time - no matter where in the world they are.
2 - Cloud-based video conferencing
Many companies simply ask their remote workers to come into the office for a meeting, and sometimes face-to-face communication is best for your company. When you need to have regular and frequent correspondence, however, this can be time-consuming - especially when a remote workers could be a two-hour drive away or even further.
Cloud-based video conferencing is becoming an increasingly more affordable AV solution for meeting spaces. In fact, cloud-based video conferencing doesn’t need to be expensive for your business at all, and there are a number of platforms that are perfectly suited to your business - for example, Microsoft Teams.
With just a simple click of a button, you can connect with remote workers through your PC, laptop or mobile device, and all you’ll need is a built in microphone and/or a webcam.
3 - Implement huddle rooms into your collaboration strategy
In addition to the larger boardrooms and meeting rooms, many companies are today finding that the implementation of breakout areas are promoting collaboration and teamwork among staff.
Huddle rooms are small, private meeting rooms that seat a maximum of six employees. Equipped with the latest AV tools, these rooms will improve meeting flexibility within your company, encourage smaller groups of employees to meet for specific projects, as well as provide a smaller space for management teams to catch up with remote workers.
If you’d like to learn more about huddle rooms, please do read our blog titled ‘What is a Huddle Room and How Does it Benefit Business Collaboration?’ - where we explain the key benefits huddle rooms can bring to the collaboration of your employees.
Want to learn more about how you can transform your collaborative meeting spaces with innovative AV technology and get the best out of your employees? Contact Genesis Integration today for more information.